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Delicious Library

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I stumbled across a page announcing the application Delicious Library a while ago. I thought it looked promising. And I still think it does. With the product having been released recently, I also saw a few rave reviews. Which I find totally over the top. Sure the program is pretty and may or may not be useful. But it’s not a revolution.

As a counterpoint to the rave reviews, let me just list my concerns.

This app reminds me a bit of iPhoto 1. It gives me the idea but will still need a while to mature. And even then it’s not really clear I’d ever need it. In particular as I feel that such an application absolutely needs to integrate with iTunes, BibDesk and similar applications. Also, with more search technologies being on their way to the MacOS, I wonder whether Delicious Library will be happy enough to abandon their own and integrate with those for better data im- and export.

I you feel compelled to flame me, go ahead. I’d just like to point out that – at this time – Delicious Library looks like a nice idea that’s started in a promising way. But not brilliant or finished. It’s a 1.0 version and looks like it. There’s still a lot of work to do.

November 8, 2004, 22:27

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Comment by brian w: User icon

I’m absolutely stunned at how Delicious seems to have taken what used to be a small, cool, slim utility and turned it into a bloated mess. When Library came out a while back, it seemed like a great little app for people who had a collector mentality — scan the barcodes on those hard-to-keep-track-of classical music CDs, or that series of mystery novels so you can have a handy list when you go so you don’t buy a disc that’s too similar to one you already have or a somewhat-forgettable book that you’ve already read. It was handy and did it just what it was meant to and no more.

Oh well.

What I am most surprised about is how the entire software-reviewing world has forgotten that this program existed before Delicious bought it. I read tons of reviews of the previous versions (including some that talked about how to use one of those silly cueCats with it) at the time, but now everything I see about it seems to be implying that Delicious came up with the idea, fully formed and out of no place.

November 9, 2004, 5:45

Comment by brian w: User icon

Oh, wait, my bad. Looks like Delicious didn’t buy the utility I was thinking of. They just used the same name for their program. Way to research the market. Chronopath Library is still available for download and purchase, and looks to me like it offers better bang for lesser bucks.

November 9, 2004, 7:21

Comment by Matthew Walker: User icon

I like Books, he’s got an interesting comparison with Library as well.

November 9, 2004, 9:56

Comment by gummi: User icon

The Amazon dependency is not really a surprise, since the API is out there and openly encouraged for wide use. It would be great if it could tap into the British Library or the Library of Congress, for example.

The app is slow, wanting and basically after five minutes I gave up. For me the reason was pretty simple, I clicked on Movie, tried to add a new entry and did a title search; all it gave me were books. That was a little incomprehensible, I’m too lazy to type it all in by hand, I can use another free app for that.

Oh, and the absence of any right-click (control-click) actions for some of the options (media types etc.) was a little frustrating.

This thing was hyped way too much, a bit like Textmate. Shame really.

November 9, 2004, 10:16

Comment by ssp: User icon

Michael Tsai has more comments and links to even more comments.

November 9, 2004, 10:52

Comment by Peter: User icon

I have the same problem with the localization as well— my reviews all come up in Japanese. I used to live in Japan, so some of my international settings reflected this, but to the best of my knowledge, I’ve changed them all to US.

If you ever figure out how to fix that, do me a favor post it on this thread.

November 9, 2004, 17:08

Comment by John Gruber: User icon

Brian W: You were right the first time. The author of Chronopath Library helped program Delicious Library. His name is Andrew Kazmierski, and he’s listed in the credits section on the Delicious Monster “company” page.

It’s not clear why Kazmierski is still offering his own old version.

November 10, 2004, 20:02

Comment by Drew Provan: User icon

I agree with all these comments. The reviews seemed fantastic and I bought it a few days ago. I live in the UK and have set the Import From to “United Kingdom”. I have scanned 350 CDs in and I notice that after scanning about 50 all I get are brown covers with circled arrows on them. After leaving the thing running overnight it managed to located most CDs but very few have covers. I thought I would go to amazon.com and amazon.co.uk and get the covers but I cannot display any of the jpegs (is it just me?). I tried on 3 of our computers here using Safari, Firefox and Exporer - no covers. I tried on a PC - no covers. Is Amazon having a problem with its artwork? I can get covers from other sites but not Amazon.

When the UK import fails I notice that if I switch to US it suddenly finds some CDs so I toggle about between the two and that helps.

I tried on my DVD collection and got NO covers even after reloading the details more than once.

Printing is bad, for me at least. There are no user options and the quality of the printout is pretty grim. Why can’t we change the layout, or the font, or the font size? The CD covers look very bad at this crazy small size - we should be able to play around with some settings.

I will keep using this, and hopefully the next version will be better.

March 31, 2005, 17:49

Comment by Jorge: User icon

Check out Bookpedia and DVDpedia, they fit my needs most then all the other programs

November 3, 2006, 10:58

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